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Fragment

Date:
late 12th–early 13th century
Geography:
Spain
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, metal-wrapped thread; lampas, brocaded
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm) W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm) Mount: H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm) W. 9 in. (22.9 cm) D. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.58.2
  • Description

    The decoration on this textile fragment consists of circular medallions with images of addorsed quadrupeds standing on their hind legs. The void between the animals’ bodies contains a plant-like form, suggesting the tree of life. Alternating with the medallions, a row of eight-pointed starts is depicted- a traditional Spanish motif. Depictions of animal forms within framing devices were also common decorative motifs in objects produced around the Mediterranean in the medieval period, and can be found ornamenting wood, textiles, ivory, metalwork and ceramics.

  • Provenance

    [ Adolph Loewi, Venice, until 1927; sold to MMA]

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